CMU Open Learning Initiative

CMU Open Learning Initiative


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The Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon University offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. The aim of OLI is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education. OLI courses are designed with learning activities dispersed throughout the content. After a new idea or concept is introduced, students will have opportunities to apply what they have read, receive immediate feedback, and test their understanding.
Academic students are those who are taking a class with an instructor (typically for credit at a college or university) and independent learners are those who are using an OLI course on their own. Both academic students and independent learners have access to OLI course materials, including activities and self-assessments. Many OLI courses are free to everyone, but some charge a small fee to academic students, which contributes to on-going improvement of the course. Course fees are generally much lower than a traditional textbook.


  • Multidisciplinary


  • Basic
  • Advanced

Types of Media & Content

  • Lecture & Video
  • Coursework & Assignments
  • Website

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